Vienna is the capital of Austria and is considered one of the great cities of Europe. On my Interrail adventure with the dog in tow, I spent 2 whole days exploring the historic city.
The Republic of Austria is a landlocked Alpine country in the southern region of Central Europe. Its capital city is Vienna and is famous for its mountains especially for those who participate in winter sports.
I plan to visit other places in the country including some walking in the Alps and a few of the other cities of Austria. Cities on my radar include Innsbruck, Saltzberg, Linz & Graz.
The Best of Vienna
The city has so many fantastic things to enjoy to suit all tastes and preferences.
St Stephens Cathedral
The imposing structure of St. Stephens Cathedral is magnificent to admire and is one of many great buildings to see in the city. The cathedral is located in Stephansplatz a town square located at the geographical centre of the city. Visiting the cathedral was one of the highlights of my stops in the city. At Christmas time Stephansplatz is surrounded by a Christmas market with stalls around the edges and horse and cart rides departing from here.
The iconic amusement park Prater is located a just outside the central areas of the city. Prater is a great place to visit for an evening of fun and enjoy a variety of rides including the legendary big wheel.
The Hofburg is a stunning and iconic building in the centre of Vienna and is a joy to admire. Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and nowadays is the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
The palace was built in the 13th century and expanded several times over the years. In the days of the empire, it served as the imperial winter residence, as the cities other palace, Schönbrunn was the summer residence.
The palace is a fantastic place to have a wander including admiring the statues in Heroes Square and the inner courtyard. The St Michaels Wingd is stunning with three green domes on top and intricate architecture.
The Crossfield’s Australian Pub is located near to the Albertina Art Museum and The Vienna State Opera, not too far from the Hofburg Palace. This place specialises in grilled food with an Australian twist.
Located near to the Danube between the city centre and Parterstern is Bergers Bar. Bergers bar is a small little sports bar that is dog-friendly and serves great food including a delicious Viennese take of cheese on toast with spring onions. Beer is always on top or bottle including the delightful Wieselburger Bier and many others. The bar has comfy inside seating with good table service, in the warmer months they have a garden to enjoy sitting outside.
Where to stay?
There is an array of options for places to stay in the city from budget hostels to luxury hotels.
On both visits, I stayed at The Hotel Odeon in the Praterstern area. This is is a dog-friendly and cheap place to stay. We found the hotel suited our needs and budget and even stayed on 2 visits to Austria on our Interrail adventures.
The city has an international airport which is served by many countries. Vienna is also a major hub for the train network and on my, Interrail plans always seem to end up passing through.
The city is a great launchpad for those travelling onwards to Romania. There night train that covers some of the main settlements in the county including Bucharest and Brasov. I enjoyed a night train trip from Wien Hauptbahnhof the main station, travelling to Alba Iulia.
I was impressed with my recent stops in Vienna and still have lots to see and do on when I visit again. The city has some fantastic architecture, history and concert halls I would like to re-explore or to see for the first time.